Monday, January 14, 2013

Book Review: The Other Side Of The Bed by Bhavya Kaushik

On the jacket:

This is a story which tries to answer the age old question, what to do when someone you love dies; in a contemporary and personal way. Nakul, who lost his beloved wife after only a month of their marriage in a serial bombing attack, found it impossible to continue with his life.

He takes a journey in which he interacts with people like him, who have also lost their loved ones in those blasts and decides to help them. Though he didn't realize that in the process of helping them, he was helping himself. This is his journey through the five stages of grief - 
DENIAL, ANGER, BARGAINING, DEPRESSION and ACCEPTANCE, and how he comes out of them with the help of his family and his "Grief-Mates".

He thought that he had forever of togetherness with his wife, but he didn't, none of us does. And before it is too late, we should better go out there to our loved ones and tell them how much we love them. Have any of you said it lately to your wife, your husband, your children, your brother, sister or your parents, that "You mean the world to me. You have changed my life. I cannot live without you. I love you..."


This is Bhavya's first published book, I believe and I was impressed with his story-telling skill. However, after reading The Other Side Of The Bed, what glared at me was a good story, with very very poor editing. The language had a very strong Hindi-influence, as if the author has thought in Hindi and translated.

The Other Side Of The Bed is a well-structured story of Nakul Sharma who loses his wife to an accident, and how from not being able to deal with it, he is finally able to accept it and live on. In this process he meets other who have lived through similar trauma and they all help each other.

The story is not at all over the top. In fact, it's sweet and you'll actually want to smile a few times, when the author is describing Nakul and Tamanna's love story. Nothing filmy, no use of silly slang and no forceful attempt to make the characters look cool. There will be times when you will feel like you are reading Nakul's diary.

For a first-time author, Bhavya has set really high standards, despite the poor editing in the book. With better language and grammar, I am certainly looking forward to another nice and simple, yet heart-touching tale.

Rating: ***/5

[This review was requested by the author. Other than a copy of the book being sent to me, there was no other payment made. The review is my own honest opinion as a reader.]

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